Indian Certificate of Secondary Education (ICSE) is a curriculum based on the 10-year-old SSC curriculum. The ICSE board was started in 1973 and is affiliated with the Council for the Indian School Certificate Examinations, New Delhi.
The ICSE curriculum has a strong focus on Mathematics, Science and English. It also includes a large number of social science subjects. The language of instruction is English. The main aim of ICSE is to prepare students for the ISC examinations (class 11), which are held at the end of class 10.
The ICSE syllabus is divided into six units, each unit consisting of four blocks (A B C D). Each block comprises 8 lessons with one or more assessments per lesson. Each unit ends with an examination lasting 3 hours and 15 minutes and consisting mostly of objective-type questions based on multiple choice answers.
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The city has a number of ICSE schools that offer quality education to children along with sports, arts and other co-curricular activities. Some of these schools also have international exposure opportunities for students such as exchange programs with other countries or exposure trips abroad.
The ICSE curriculum was developed to provide an internationally benchmarked curriculum for students aged between 12 and 16 years old. The ICSE board examinations are held at the end of Class 10.
The ICSE syllabus is designed to be flexible so that it can accommodate the needs of different students. The content and emphasis on various subjects vary from school to school but some essential concepts are taught to all students in all schools:
English - Communication skills; reading comprehension; grammar; vocabulary; writing skills; speaking skills; spelling and punctuation; usage and style; essay writing; comprehension exercises in prose and poetry; literary appreciation.
Hindi - Reading skills through stories, poems, plays, essays, etc.; grammar; vocabulary building including synonyms and antonyms; composition exercises on monosyllables only or sentence building with a small range of words only such as dialogue, narration, etc.; comprehension exercises based on simple text passages
The curriculum followed in these schools is designed by the Council for the Indian School Certificate Examinations (CISCE). The students are provided with individual attention as well as extra-curricular activities so that they can develop their personalities and learn more than just academics. The teachers at these schools are highly qualified professionals who have years of experience teaching students at different levels.
The ICSE Schools in Mumbai follow their own coursebooks and set their own examination schedules. However, they have to adhere to the guidelines issued by CISCE for the evaluation of internal assessment marks and external assessment marks by conducting internal tests, external tests or both at various stages of the academic year.
Advantages of ICSE Schools in Mumbai:
1) They are affiliated with the Council for the Indian School Certificate Examinations (CISCE).
2) Teachers are well trained and highly qualified. Most teachers in an ICSE school have an MA or MEd degree along with teaching experience at the college level or higher secondary level.
3) The curriculum followed by an ICSE school is similar to that of CBSE schools
4) Students have access to basic amenities such as playgrounds, laboratories etc., which can be used during breaks or after school hours
Top 5 ICSE schools in Mumbai
Here is a list of top 5 ICSE schools in Mumbai:
St. Xavier's High School, Fort
Apeejay School, Andheri West
Dhirubhai Ambani International School, Andheri East
Bishop's College High School, Worli
Anjuman-I-Islam High School